11Love righteousness, ye that be judges of the earth: think of the Lord with a good (heart,) and in simplicity of heart seek him.
2For he will be found of them that tempt him not; and sheweth himself unto such as do not distrust him.
3For froward thoughts separate from God: and his power, when it is tried, reproveth the unwise.
4For into a malicious soul wisdom shall not enter; nor dwell in the body that is subject unto sin.
5For the holy spirit of discipline will flee deceit, and remove from thoughts that are without understanding, and will not abide when unrighteousness cometh in.
6For wisdom is a loving spirit; and will not acquit a blasphemer of his words: for God is witness of his reins, and a true beholder of his heart, and a hearer of his tongue.
7For the Spirit of the Lord filleth the world: and that which containeth all things hath knowledge of the voice.
8Therefore he that speaketh unrighteous things cannot be hid: neither shall vengeance, when it punisheth, pass by him.
9For inquisition shall be made into the counsels of the ungodly: and the sound of his words shall come unto the Lord for the manifestation of his wicked deeds.
10For the ear of jealousy heareth all things: and the noise of murmurings is not hid.
11Therefore beware of murmuring, which is unprofitable; and refrain your tongue from backbiting: for there is no word so secret, that shall go for nought: and the mouth that belieth slayeth the soul.
12Seek not death in the error of your life: and pull not upon yourselves destruction with the works of your hands.
13For God made not death: neither hath he pleasure in the destruction of the living.
14For he created all things, that they might have their being: and the generations of the world were healthful; and there is no poison of destruction in them, nor the kingdom of death upon the earth:
15(For righteousness is immortal:)
16But ungodly men with their works and words called it to them: for when they thought to have it their friend, they consumed to nought, and made a covenant with it, because they are worthy to take part with it.
21For the ungodly said, reasoning with themselves, but not aright, Our life is short and tedious, and in the death of a man there is no remedy: neither was there any man known to have returned from the grave.
2For we are born at all adventure: and we shall be hereafter as though we had never been: for the breath in our nostrils is as smoke, and a little spark in the moving of our heart:
3Which being extinguished, our body shall be turned into ashes, and our spirit shall vanish as the soft air,
4And our name shall be forgotten in time, and no man shall have our works in remembrance, and our life shall pass away as the trace of a cloud, and shall be dispersed as a mist, that is driven away with the beams of the sun, and overcome with the heat thereof.
5For our time is a very shadow that passeth away; and after our end there is no returning: for it is fast sealed, so that no man cometh again.
6Come on therefore, let us enjoy the good things that are present: and let us speedily use the creatures like as in youth.
7Let us fill ourselves with costly wine and ointments: and let no flower of the spring pass by us:
8Let us crown ourselves with rosebuds, before they be withered:
9Let none of us go without his part of our voluptuousness: let us leave tokens of our joyfulness in every place: for this is our portion, and our lot is this.
10Let us oppress the poor righteous man, let us not spare the widow, nor reverence the ancient gray hairs of the aged.
11Let our strength be the law of justice: for that which is feeble is found to be nothing worth.
12Therefore let us lie in wait for the righteous; because he is not for our turn, and he is clean contrary to our doings: he upbraideth us with our offending the law, and objecteth to our infamy the transgressings of our education.
13He professeth to have the knowledge of God: and he calleth himself the child of the Lord.
14He was made to reprove our thoughts.
15He is grievous unto us even to behold: for his life is not like other men’s, his ways are of another fashion.
16We are esteemed of him as counterfeits: he abstaineth from our ways as from filthiness: he pronounceth the end of the just to be blessed, and maketh his boast that God is his father.
17Let us see if his words be true: and let us prove what shall happen in the end of him.
18For if the just man be the son of God, he will help him, and deliver him from the hand of his enemies.
19Let us examine him with despitefulness and torture, that we may know his meekness, and prove his patience.
20Let us condemn him with a shameful death: for by his own saying he shall be respected.
21Such things they did imagine, and were deceived: for their own wickedness hath blinded them.
22As for the mysteries of God, they knew them not: neither hoped they for the wages of righteousness, nor discerned a reward for blameless souls.
23For God created man to be immortal, and made him to be an image of his own eternity.
24Nevertheless through envy of the devil came death into the world: and they that do hold of his side do find it.
31But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and there shall no torment touch them.
2In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die: and their departure is taken for misery,
3And their going from us to be utter destruction: but they are in peace.
4For though they be punished in the sight of men, yet is their hope full of immortality.
5And having been a little chastised, they shall be greatly rewarded: for God proved them, and found them worthy for himself.
6As gold in the furnace hath he tried them, and received them as a burnt offering.
7And in the time of their visitation they shall shine, and run to and fro like sparks among the stubble.
8They shall judge the nations, and have dominion over the people, and their Lord shall reign for ever.
9They that put their trust in him shall understand the truth: and such as be faithful in love shall abide with him: for grace and mercy is to his saints, and he hath care for his elect.
10But the ungodly shall be punished according to their own imaginations, which have neglected the righteous, and forsaken the Lord.
11For whoso despiseth wisdom and nurture, he is miserable, and their hope is vain, their labours unfruitful, and their works unprofitable:
12Their wives are foolish, and their children wicked:
13Their offspring is cursed. Wherefore blessed is the barren that is undefiled, which hath not known the sinful bed: she shall have fruit in the visitation of souls.
14And blessed is the eunuch, which with his hands hath wrought no iniquity, nor imagined wicked things against God: for unto him shall be given the special gift of faith, and an inheritance in the temple of the Lord more acceptable to his mind.
15For glorious is the fruit of good labours: and the root of wisdom shall never fall away.
16As for the children of adulterers, they shall not come to their perfection, and the seed of an unrighteous bed shall be rooted out.
17For though they live long, yet shall they be nothing regarded: and their last age shall be without honour.
18Or, if they die quickly, they have no hope, neither comfort in the day of trial.
19For horrible is the end of the unrighteous generation.